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on which the wind beat down the branches of such trees as she was obliged, in her progress home, to pass under. .

24. At last, down came the storm with great fury, and hail and rain mixed fell in torrents. All her companions were safe at home before it began, and none were exposed to its rage but poor Caroline, who indeed, got home at last, but in a most disastrous condition.

25. She had left one of her fine shoes behind her in a large muddy hole, which, in her precipitate flight, she had hurried over without observing; and to fill up

the measure of her misfortunes, just as she had got over the meadow, a sudden gust of wind made free with her hat, and blew it into a pond of stagnated and filthy water.

26. So completely soaked was every thing she had on, that it was with difficulty they got her undressed; as to her silk slip, it indeed afforded a miserable spectacle of fallen pride and vanity.

27. Her mother seeing her in tears, jocosely said to her, “My dear, shall I have another slip made up for you against to-morrow?”—“Oh, no, mamma, answered Caroline, kissing her, I am perfectly convinced from experience, that fine clothes cannot add to the happiness of the wearer. Let me again have my nice white frock, and no more powder and pomatum; for I am ashamed of my folly and vanity.”

28. Caroline soon appeared in her former dress, and with it she recovered her usual ease and freedom, looking more modest and pleasing than she ever did in her gaudy finery. Her mamma did not regret the loss she had sustained in the wreck of the silk slip, fine shoes, and hat, since it produced the means of bringing her daughter back to reason and prudence.

29. Do you, my fair, endeavour to possess

An elegance of mind as well as dress:
Be that your ornament, and know to please
By graceful nature's unaffected ease.






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SECTION V. Arthur and Adrian; or tro heads better than one. 1. ADRIAN had frequently heard his father say, that children had but little knowledge with respect to what was most proper for them; and that the greatest proof they could give of their wisdom, consisted in following the advice of people, who had more age and experience. This was a kind

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of doctrine Adrian did not understand, or at least would not, therefore it is no wonder he forgot it.

2. This wise and good father had allotted to him and his brother Arthur a convenient piece of ground, in order that each might be possessed of a little garden, and display his knowledge and industry in the cultivation of it. They had also leave to sow whatever seed they should think proper, and to transplant any tree they liked out of their father's nursery into their own garden.

3. Arthur remembered those words of his father, which his brother Adrian had forgotten, and therefore went to consult their gardener Rufus. “Pray tell me, said he, what is now in season to sow in my garden, and in what I am to set about


business?" 4. The gardener hereupon gave him several roots and seeds, such as were most proper for the season. Arthur instantly ran and put them in the ground, and Rufus, very kindly, not only assisted him in the work, but made him acquainted with many things necessary to be known.

5. Adrian, on the other hand, shrugged up his shoulders at his brother's industry, thinking he was taking much more pains than was necessary. Rufus not observing this contemptuous treatment, offered him likewise his assistance and instruction; but he refused it in a manner that sufficiently betrayed his vanity and ignorance.

6. He then went into his father's garden and took from thence a quantity of flowers which he immediately transplanted into his own. The gardener took no notice of him but left him to do as he liked.

7. When Adrian visited his garden the next morning, all the flowers he had planted hung down their heads like so many mourners at a funeral, and, as he plainly saw, were in a dying state. He replaced them with others from his father's garden; but, on visiting them the next morning, he found them perishing like the former.

8. This was a matter of great vexation to Adrian, who consequently became soon disgusted with this kind of business. He had no idea of taking so much pains for the possession of a few flowers, and therefore gave it up as an unprofitable game. Hence his piece of ground soon became a wilderness of weeds and thistles.

9. As he was looking into his brother's garden, about the beginning of summer, he saw something of a red colour hanging near the ground, which, on examination, he found

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to be strawberries of a delicious flavour. “Ah! (said he) I should have planted strawberries in my garden.

10. Some time afterwards, walking again in his brother's garden, he saw little berries of a milk-white colour, which hung down in clusters from the branches of a bush. Upon examination, he found they were currants, which even the sight of was a feast. Ah! (said he) I should have planted currants in my garden.

11. The gardener then observed to him, that it was his own fault that his garden was not as productive as his brother's. “Never for the future, (said Rufus) despişe the instruction and assistance of any one, since you will find by experience, that two heads are better than one."

BERQUIN SECTION VI. Cleopatra; or, the Reformed Little Tyrant. 1. A pert little vixen, whose name was Cleopatra, was l'a continually teazing and commanding her poor brother

. “So you will not do what I bid you, Mr. Obstinacy! (shed would often say to him) Come, come, sir, obey, or it shall be the worse for you.”

2. If Cleopatra's word might be taken for it, her brother an! thought of doing was the master-piece of reason and sound kan

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4. Her parents with regret saw this strange and tyran-ceo nical disposition of their daughter, and in vain did every com thing they could think of to break her of it. Her mother Rada in particular, continually enforced on her mind, that such children never procured the esteem of others; and that a girl, who set up her own opinion against that of every one

else, would soon become intolerable and insupportable to all her acquaintance.

5. This prudent advice, however, made no impression on her stubborn heart; and her brother wearied out by her caprice and tyranny, began to have very little affection for her. It one day happened, that a gentleman of a free and open temper, dined at their house; he could not help observing with what a haughty air she treated her poor brother, and indeed, every other person in the room.

6. At first the rules of politeness kept him from saying any thing; but at last, tired out with her impertinence, he began, addressing his discourse to her mamma in the following manner.

7. “I was lately in France; and I was fond of being present at the soldier's exercise. I used to go as often as I could to see their maneuvres on the parade, nearly in the same manner as here on the field days. Among the soldiers there were many I observed with whiskers, which gave them a very fierce soldier-like look. Now had I a child like your Cleopatra, I would instantly give her a soldier's uniform and put on her a pair of whiskers, when she might with rather more propriety than at present, act the part of a commander

8. Cleopatra heard this, and stood covered with confusion! She could not help blushing, and was unable to conceal her tears. However, this reproach perfectly reformed her, and she became sensible how unbecoming was a tyrannizing temper. It has been observed, that to be sensible of our errors is half the work of reformation.

9. So it happened with Cleopatra, who with the assistance of her mother's prudent counsels, became an amiable girl.

10. Her reformation was a credit to her; and it is much to be wished that all young ladies, who take no pains to conquer their passions, would at least imitate Cleopatra, and wish to avoid being told, that a soldier's dress and a pair of whiskers would better become them than nice cambric frocks and silk slips. Had Cleopatra attended to the advice of her parents, and not have imagined that greatness consists in impertinence, she would have been happy much sooner than she was.


11. There was a little stubborn dame,

Whom no authority could taine;

Restive by long indulgence grown,
No will she minded but her own;
At trifles oft she'd scold and fret,
Then in a corner take a seat,
And surly moping all the day,

Disdain alike to work or play.
12. Papa all softer arts had try'd,

And sharper remedies applied ;
But both were vain, for every course
He took still made her worse and worse.
Mamma observ'd the rising lass
By stealth retiring to the glass;
On this a deep design she laid,
To tame the humour of the maid.
Contriving, like a prudent mother,

To make one folly cure another.
13. Upon the wall, against the seat

Which Cleo used for her retreat,
Whene'er by accident offended,
A looking-glass was straight suspended,
That it might show her low deform'd
She look'd, and frightful, when she storm'd;
And warn her, as she priz'd her beauty,

To bend her humour to her duty.
14. All this the looking-glass achiev'd,

Its threats were ininded and believ'd.
The maid, who spurn’d at all advice,
Grew tame, and gentle in a trice;
So when all other means had fail'd,
The silent monitor prevaild.

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The Bird's Egg. 1. LITTLE GREGORY was fond of walking in a wood which stood at a short distance from his father's house. The wood being young, the trees were consequently small, and placed very near to each other, with two or three paths between them.

2. As he was one day walking up and down, in order to rest himself a little, he placed his back against a tree whose stem was quite slender, and therefore all its branches shook as soon as it was touched. This rustling happened to frighten a little bird which sprung from a neighbouring bush, and flew into another part of the wood.

3. Gregory was vexed to think he had disturbed the bird, and fixed his eyes on the bush, in hopes of seeing it return. While he was thus attentively on the watch, he

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